Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set to change his tactics for the upcoming Premier League season, with the Manchester United manager telling his players about the new formation already.
Last season United had their best finish since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013, when they finished in second, 12 points off champions Manchester City.
Solskjaer struggled to get the best out of his team at times, especially against other members of the 'big six' and was accused of being too negative, earning just 11 points in the 10 games against them and scoring only eight times.
In those games United often played Scott McTominay and Fred in central midfield together and had to sacrifice at least one of his attacking players.
However it looks like the manager is going to change that for next season and instead play a 4-3-3 with two more attacking midfielders and one holding.
According to ESPN, Solskjaer has already told the players who have returned to training this summer of his plan.
The report says that a new central defender is key to the change of tactics, with the club currently chasing Raphael Varane from Real Madrid.
Harry Maguire showed during Euro 2020 how good a defender he is and Untied have relied on him a lot since he signed in August 2019.
However his partnership with Victor Lindelof has been suspect at times, and has required the 'double pivot' of McTominay and Fred in front of them.
Solskjaer hopes Varane's potential transfer would allow him to break up the shield in front of the defence and play the likes of Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba in central midfield together more often.
The move could also allow Donny van de Beek to play more often in a position that suits him more, alongside another attacking midfielder rather than instead of them, even though he and Pogba have been linked with moves away from the club.
Varane is now the club's first choice target having all but secured the signing of Jadon Sancho, after a transfer saga that's lasted more than a year.
The club have already agreed a fee with Borussia Dortmund for the forward and, after his medical was passed, it's just a matter of time until the move is confirmed.
United have also been linked with moves for Edouardo Camavinga and Kieran Trippier this summer.
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